Messier 78 (Casper the Friendly Ghost)

Messier 78 or NGC 2068, also known as Casper the Friendly Ghost (not sure how it applies, I don’t see a ghost), is a bright blue reflection nebula in Orion. The nebula can be found between Betelgeuse and closer towards Alnitak.

This is the first multi-night imaging session that I planned. I captured this over three nights totaling a little over 14 hours of data.

I also learned some new techniques in PixInishgt while processing this target.

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Messier 45 (The Pleiades Cluster)

The Pleiades is one of my favorite objects to stare at. It’s bright and can be observed from anywhere, all you need are your eyes. Binoculars and a telescope help, but is not necessary. I imaged this a few years ago and wasn’t too happy with it, and I’ve always wanted to revisit this.

This is my second attempt at the Pleiades. I took this the same night as The Horsehead Nebula as I was waiting for Orion to rise.

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Messier 33 (The Triangulum Galaxy)

Messier 33 also known as the Triangulum Galaxy is one of the most beautiful face-on galaxies in the night sky. This is part of our local group of galaxies which includes, Andromeda, The Magellanic Clouds, and our own Milkyway.

I took this image at Cherry Springs State Park a truly dark site in Pennsylvania.

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Messier 13 (The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules)

M13 or the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules is a large globular cluster in Hercules. There aren’t exact numbers on how many stars there are in this cluster, but estimates show that there are several hundred thousand to a million stars in this small region

I took this picture in June 2020. It was a half-moon and I used an Optolong L-Pro 2″ filter to cut through the light pollution.

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Messier 45 (The Pleiades Cluster)

M45 also known as the Pleiades Cluster is one of the prettiest things to view during the fall/winter skies. It looks amazing through a telescope. The blue nebulosity around the stars can be seen in the image.

I took captured this in 2015. I wish I had more data with this image. I’m going to try to take this picture again when I have a chance.

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Messier 31 (Andromeda Galaxy)

M31 (Andromeda Galaxy) is the galaxy closest to us. This is a very bright object which can be observed with our naked eye.

I took this image of M31 in 2014. The target is not in focus, I have since gotten a Bahtinov mask to avoid future issues. Even this blurry image is a lot better than my previous attempt where I have star trails.

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